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May 7 - June 12, 2015
Amanda Crawford Exhibition
The May exhibition at the Taube Museum of Art will
feature ceramic artist and mixed media painter, Amanda
Crawford. Crawford is a Minot native and art instructor at
Magic City Campus. Crawford’s exhibition entitled Unveiled
Beauty is a culmination of several years of experimentation
and expanding her role as a producing artist. In 2009 she
attended a ceramic workshop with Mark Lusardi that inspired
her to combine clay with painting techniques. She began to
imagine a room full of brightly colored organic sculptures
covered in lyrical writing. She wrote down the idea and
titled it Unveiled Beauty. That initial idea has transformed
somewhat since then, but the workshop sticks in her mind as
the enlightened moment when she saw two dimensional, three
dimensional and musical work coming together.
Crawford said it took a couple of years of what she felt was aimless experimentation following her original discovery. In the meantime life happened and she nearly forgot about the desire to create this body of work. She felt she was off course and she looked to her old sketchbooks and rediscovered Unveiled Beauty.
She also realized that her years spent experimenting and teaching developed enough skill to execute her original ideas, and that all she needed was a deadline to keep her on task and committed to the exhibition.
“Self-doubt is an often unacknowledged part of the artistic process, and many times leading up to the exhibition I have asked myself, Why are you doing this?” But the ideas and images would not be silenced. How colors and surfaces bend never ceases to fascinate me. I thought about peeling back layers of air to see the intangible. Creating the work was my attempt to sharpen my senses and awaken my spirit to new ideas. To me each piece is a journey of human emotion portrayed through soft organic shapes, such as, mountains, trees, and human figures. I deconstruct and reconstruct these forms. Altering, modifying and then finally allowing the layers of paint or glaze to flow over the surface, knowing each step in the artistic process is an important to me as the outcome.”
The text is integral to Crawford’s works. It is about vulnerability and learning to see and connect her spirit to that which she is making by recording what she is thinking at the time of creation. Crawford’s repeated use of the word “you” may represent an unkown audience, praying or referring to herself. Language gives the pieces context and further determine the artistic decisions she makes along the way. It is an overflow of her thoughts, part of her private “unveiled beauty” laid bare for all to see. Some words are legible and some of the primitive markings are historical and textural, where her thoughts took root in the artwork and become part of the visual whole.
Crawford bares her soul in Unveiled Beauty May 6th through June 12th at the Taube Museum of Art. A public reception for the artist will be held from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, may 14th.
May 7 - June 12, 2015
Artspace Artist's Exhibition
Normal Museum and Gift Shop hours are: Tuesday – Friday: 10:30 am – 5:30 pm and Saturday: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm. There is no charge for admission, but contributions are accepted to help the Taube Museum fulfill their mission of enriching lives through the visual arts.